Just when Ukraine thought its political crisis might be drawing to an close, a fresh impasse has been reached. Parliament has failed to pass a series of laws necessary to proceed with early elections in September. The poll date had been agreed between arch-rivals President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich
Parliament failed to back the ballot by a midnight deadline but an extension means the debate has been allowed to continue. Earlier President Yushchenko accused what he called “certain forces” of seeking to derail the September election. Ukraine’s Orange Revolution dates back to 2004 but the power struggle between the two men at the top goes on.
In the latest twist, Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko, a key figure in the standoff, has suffered a heart attack. His lawyer maintains it was brought on by poison.